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the time, but Joseph didn’t pray it with me. In 2002,

Joseph was dying of cancer from smoking, and he was

afraid of dying. I would pray the chaplet, and he would

listen. I told him Jesus was so kind and loving, and

Joseph and I had reconciled with each other. One day,

our friends and relatives had just finished praying the

chaplet with me by his bedside and the priest arrived

just before he died to give him the Anointing of the

Sick. He died at 3 o’clock in the afternoon

— the hour of Divine Mercy!

When one of my neighbors became deathly ill with

emphysema, I prayed the chaplet for her, even though

she said that there was no God. Still, I remembered in her

Diary,

St. Faustina records Jesus saying, “When you say

this prayer, with a contrite heart and with faith on behalf

of some sinner, I will give him the grace of conversion.

This is the prayer: O Blood and Water, which gushed

forth from the Heart of Jesus as a fount of Mercy for us, I

trust in You” (186-187).

I prayed this conversion prayer for her, and she died

shortly after. At her funeral I saw rosary beads in her

hands, so I’m hoping that something happened!

Now, I’m working on another miracle for a young

man named Charlie who has three inoperable brain

tumors. I have such faith that Charlie can be healed.

That’s why I’m driven to visit the National Shrine of The

Divine Mercy so often. I venerate the relic of St. Faustina

for Charlie. I will accept God’s will if he is not physically

healed, but I know I’m heard by God. I’m so obnoxious

with my prayers, I know that I’m a hound of Heaven. I

pray, and God must say, “Oh, it’s her again!”

I pray the chaplet for many people who are sick and

dying. Even if a miracle doesn’t happen for some people I

pray for, I’m still putting their lives into the right hands.

Who do you share the

Divine Mercy message

with?

I tell everyone about the Divine Mercy message and

the chaplet, including through a special Facebook page.

I give out Divine Mercy materials to those I know and

those I happen to meet who are suffering in any way.

I also leave booklets on the chaplet in the hospital that

Gerri was taken to, with a note on it that says, “It’s not

by chance that you found this.” I don’t worry about the

reactions I will get when I share the devotion, because

Jesus said to St. Faustina, “Souls who spread the honor

of My mercy I shield through their entire lives as a tender

mother her infant, and at the hour of death I will not be

a Judge for them, but the Merciful Savior” (1075). I want

to do anything I can to give people hope.

— Melanie Williams

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Please pray for

Michael Bethea,

the singer/song-

writer best known for “The Chaplet of Divine Mercy

in Song,” which was filmed at the National Shrine

of The Divine Mercy in 2002 and frequently airs on

EWTN. Now, he needs

our

prayers. Michael, who was

diagnosed with end-stage renal failure in 2011, needs

a kidney transplant.

“Michael’s family and young children are desper-

ate for him to live,” said his chaplet co-singer, Trish

Short. “They are praying to find a match for Michael

within the next eight months’ time.”

Please lift Michael up in your prayers. Praying

the Chaplet of Divine Mercy seems most appropriate.

To offer further assistance to Michael, visit

transplants.org

and click on “Find an NFT Patient.”

Then enter Michael’s name into the search field.

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Congratulations to the

Most Rev. Martin David

Holley

, a

vir aggregatus

(associate member) of the

Marian Fathers, who was appointed by Pope Francis

as bishop of the Diocese of Memphis in Tennessee

in August.

“We are happy because not only is he a beloved

shepherd of the Catholic faithful, a man of deep faith, of

great love and of tender heart, but also because he has

been very close to our community,” said the Very Rev.

Fr. Kazimierz Chwalek, MIC,

provincial superior for the

Marian Fathers in the United States and Argentina.

Before his new assignment, Bishop Holley served

as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Washington,

D.C., where he spent a lot of time with the Marian

Fathers in the Marian House of Study. Bishop Hol-

ley ordained Marian priests

Fr. Andy Davy, Fr. Chris Alar, Fr. Angelo Casimiro, Fr. Ken Dos Santos, Fr. Ron McBride,

an

d Fr. John Larson.

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Safe travels t

o Jerry Bauman ,

founder of Divine

Mercy for Youth, based in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

He’s heading up to Stockbridge later this fall to have

his new Divine Mercy food trailer blessed by the Mar-

ian Fathers. He and his volunteers have been using

the trailer to distribute free pizza, drinks, and Divine

Mercy images to children in poor neighborhoods. The

outside of the trailer has images of Jesus, Mary, St.

Faustina, and St. John Paul II. “We call it ‘Operation

Mercy Relief,’” Jerry says.

We’re looking forward to seeing it in person.

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